Dec 10, 2016

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/11/2016

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"A small but effective network of former neo-Nazis [are] helping people to leave the scene. Spread across Germany, they work closely with an organization called EXIT that provides quick, unbureaucratic advice to extremists who want out."

"At its peak, the Klan counted among its members the governor of Indiana, more than half of the state legislature and an estimated 30 percent of all native-born white men in the state. More than 250,000 Hoosiers swelled the Klan's ranks – some because they believed in its anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic message, others because being on good terms with the Klan was necessary for their business or political aspirations – making it the largest Klan organization in the country."

Ghanaian preacher Daniel Obinim has been filmed performing a ritual where he moves around a room full of men, grabbing them each by the crotch.

In some cases, he will keep hold of their penises and give them a little shake.

"What happens when individuals try to leave Britain's Hasidic Jewish community? Strictly-orthodox Jews live by 19th-century traditions in a modern world. But there are some who struggle with this way of life. In this documentary, two people reveal what happened to them once they made the decision to leave - a decision that meant letting go of everything they knew. This is a story about sacrifice and tradition, and a clash between two worlds."

"Religious court stumbles upon polygamous cult after bride requests annulment."

“If the Church believed that someone was an enemy that needed to be silenced or destroyed, it was my job and I did it," Rinder said. "If I was told to follow someone, I made it happen. If I was told to discredit someone, dig up dirt on them, get their backgrounds investigated I made it happen."

"In an underground gymnasium in New York City in October, the author Ryan Holiday spoke to nearly 350 people about the transformative power of pessimism and self-doubt.

It was hardly the sort of inspirational message one would expect from a charismatic public-relations strategist turned self-help sage, who is now a sought-after guru to N.F.L. coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Yet it seemed to resonate with the quiet, reflective crowd at Stoicon, an annual conference for academics and practitioners of Stoicism, the ancient Greek and Roman philosophy that counsels self-effacement and detachment from the vicissitudes of success and failure.

During his talk, Mr. Holiday was self-deprecating — “I will start with the question many of you are probably asking, which is, ‘Who the hell is this guy?’” — and casually profane, drawing a few titters from the crowd when he urged them to question their sense of self-importance. “You might think that you’re hot,” he said, adding a noun that is better left unprinted. “The reality, and the Stoics say it over and over, is that’s not the case.”"​

polygamous community
"After four years, Utah's investigations into four police officers in a polygamous community each ended with a single sentence.

"POST investigation determined there was insufficient evidence at this time to prove Darger violated 76-8-201, Official Misconduct, 76-6-206 Criminal Trespassing, or 76-5-304 Unlawful Detention (False Arrest)," reads the conclusion in the case of one officer, written in July of this year in the language used at the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council, which regulates police in the state.​"​

"A lawyer appointed to act as an impartial adviser is expected to make brief closing submissions today in the trial for three people connected to a British Columbia polygamous community."

Jennifer Herrick
"The church has also publicly apologised to the female parishioner involved, Jennifer Herrick.

The apology is the culmination of a seven-year legal battle Ms Herrick has waged against the church over the "toxic" relationship she had with Father Thomas Knowles."

"Mike Rinder was once the international spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, but when Remini sat down with him almost a decade after he left the church, he showed her a letter from his daughter, who was still a church member who had “disconnected” from him because he was now a "suppressive person." The letter accused him of hating her and being a bad person."

"Many wonder what they can do. Call or write to your Congressman and Senator to do something about the ongoing abuses. Write to the IRS. Support and comment on media articles and blogs that cover the abuses (like Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and any others that are helping raise awareness of the truth about scientology). Watch Scientology The Aftermath every week and tell your friends to do so and support A&E for stepping up and taking on scientology."

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